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Essential principles of digital teaching

It is important that four core principles are respected: adopt Moodle, be accessible, protect privacy and be aware of your intellectual property.

Use Moodle

It is essential that all students are able to access their course content in one place consistently. This will minimize confusion for your students. Whatever resources you wish to make available to your students, upload them to Moodle so that your students will easily and securely know where to find them. Moodle also offers many ways for you to maintain connection with your students. We encourage you to consider building in ways for students to engage with you, each other and with course content.

Be accessible

Add captioning to your videos

It is imperative that we do not exclude any of our students from learning online. If you choose to make videos using other software, we recommend uploading them to Yuja, which will automatically create captions and a transcript for your videos.

Create asynchronous learning opportunities

While many students have home internet and a reliable computer, some do not. We encourage you to poll your students to help you decide how to organize your teaching. Creating asynchronous learning opportunities, including a wide range of engagement activities, will minimize their data usage and allow the most flexibility for them while maintaining your teaching presence.

Protect privacy

We have worked carefully through privacy issues in creating the supported workflows. If you are recording a live session, please advise your students that they are being recorded and that their image and voice will be recorded unless they take precautions. If they do not wish to have their image or voice recorded, they should be advised to turn their camera off and not speak. Make yourself available for any follow up questions, notably for students who choose not to be recorded. Please see the Concordia University Educational Technology Guidelines for Faculty and Students for full details.

Be aware of your intellectual property

Uploading your videos to Yuja also has the added benefit of allowing you to securely share your videos. Students cannot download the video into a useable video format which protects your intellectual property. Students also do not need any additional software or need to log in elsewhere because it is built into Moodle. Please see the Concordia University Educational Technology Guidelines for Faculty and Students for full details.

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